Forty years ago, Apple was just a fruit. Twenty years ago, Google was just a funny word. Did you know that over half of the jobs that current pre-kindergarten students will hold when they graduate high school in 2033 don't even exist yet?
I work as the computer lab teacher in a great, diverse, and effective school.
Here, we have a mix of students who live locally, within walking distance, and many others who travel by school bus, city bus, and private van service to come to our school daily.
We have general education classes, special education services, and students who have been identified as gifted and talented. Our students were born in this country or overseas. I teach students with professional parents and students who rely on governement assistance to live and eat. Every one of these students are "my kids".
I am the mother of boys, which is awesome, great, fulfilling and magical. I am also the teacher of boys and girls, which is awesome, great, fulfilling and magical. However, the distinction between my own children and my students is stark...at home, my boys know that they are capable of achieving anything, surpassing any arbitrary limitations put on them by society. At school, my boys know this too, however, for some reason my girls have to be reminded of this. Why does a boy KNOW this instinctually where a girl needs the reassurance? The answer is clear. Boys are exposed to building toys, models, tools at every age and every stage; girls...not so much. I aim to change that! With my Tech...Create! club,
I will be working with boys and GIRLS to think, design and create 3D models using various STEAM tools and lessons.
I would like to add these 3Doodler pens and supplies to my teacher toolkit to allow MY girls to have hands-on access to STEAM materials so anything THEY can dream, THEY can create...just like a girl!
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